“Britain is to almost double the funding it provides to countries in the Western Balkans to 80 million pounds ($106 million) and ramp up its number of security staff in the region to try and tackle organised crime gangs.
With Britain set to leave the European Union next year, the UK government said the moves, which also include improving the Western Balkans countries’ cyber capability and extending the presence of the pan-Balkans Strategic Reserve Force, showed it remain committed to the region’s stability.
‘History shows that a stable and secure Western Balkans region means a more stable and secure Europe,’ UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement ahead of summit of Western Balkans and some European leaders in London on Tuesday.
The Western Balkans consists of Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, all of which want to join the EU.
The combination of UK measures pledged over the next two years will see its funding rise from 41 million pounds ($54.36 million) in 2018/19 to 80 million pounds ($106 million) in 2020/21 and be drawn from its ‘Conflict, Security and Stability Fund.'” (Euro News)